On Wednesday the 28th November, Air Liquide and its US subsidiary, Airgas, inaugurated the Advanced Fabrication Centre (AFC) at the Air Liquide Delaware Innovation Campus to help industrial customers adopt new manufacturing technologies and more efficient and cost effective production processes.

Air Liquide’s AFC was created with Airgas and OEMs to support the world’s largest metals fabrication market in the US. The AFC will deliver a continuous flow of development projects, including affiliate operation support, key innovations and exploratory R&D. 

Air Liquide’s manufacturing expertise in welding gases and advanced fabrication processes will be on display to manufacturing customers at the centre.

The AFC involves customers and industrial collaborators early in the innovation process to address technological challenges – from finding optimal process gas compositions to process efficiency and operation’s safety, health and sustainability. The AFC puts the needs of customers from manufacturing and metal fabrication industries at the heart of its operations to help customers improve performance and production processes.

The AFC features dedicated R&D studios equipped for specialised research and staffed with experts who will be dedicated to key segments such as welding and cutting, digitisation and visualisation, additive manufacturing, cryo-assisted manufacturing, as well as robotics and cobotics automation. 

Leveraging the team’s expertise at the Delaware Innovation Campus, the centre opens its doors to OEMs to test state-of-the-art equipment and serves as a collaboration space for end-users, OEMs, academic and research institutes, in order to innovatively develop and optimise new fabrication technologies.

Michael Graff, Executive Vice-President & Executive Committee Member of Air Liquide S.A. and Chairman & CEO of American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc., commented, “Air Liquide is devoted to innovation through application-focused research development and technological solutions. The AFC provides new, state-of-the-art facilities to support customer centric projects, improve and develop more efficient manufacturing technologies and encourage innovation to help sustainably meet the challenges of tomorrow.”

AFC ribbon cutting

AFC ribbon cutting

Source: Air Liquide